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Three Ways to Show a Number

Roll a number die. Ask your child to show you three different ways to represent that number; with numerals, dot patterns and pictures.

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Extending this activity

  • -Represent all the numbers, one through ten, in three different ways. Create a book showing all the different representations.

    -Read "Follow the Line through the House" by Laura Ljungkvist. As the book prompts the child to count various items, represent them on paper in two different ways. For example, when asked "How many pickles are in the jar?" the child can write the number three, write three tally marks, or draw three circles to represent the pickles.

Adjust for an older child

Represent the number a fourth way, using an addition sentence. For example, for the number six the child could write 3+3=6.

Adjust for a younger child

You may need to lightly write the numerals for the child to trace. Use stickers or other items instead of drawing objects to represent each number.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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